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Head PGA Professional
Associate Director – Golf Operations
Laura Provost has worked for Illinois State since 1992 as part of the recreation services team where she remained for 13 years until she was appointed Head Professional/Associate Director of Golf in 2005.
Provost began her career in 1987 as an assistant professional at the Cypresswood Golf and Country Club. The following year, she served as the Teaching Director for Katke Golf Course at Ferris State University in Big Rapids Michigan. She spent another two years as an assistant professional at the St. Charles Country Club in St. Charles, Ill where she remained until her move to Illinois State in 1992.
Since 1989, Provost has been a certified professional of the PGA of America. She was also a member of the Central Chapter Illinois PGA Executive Board from 1992-1997, where she held many offices. Provost was the Education Chairperson from 1992 to 1995, the Employment Chairperson in 1995, and the Secretary/Treasurer in 1996. Provost was re-elected to the chapter board in 2007, where she is currently serving as the secretary.
Provost was the Horton Smith (Education) Award Winner in 1993, 1995 and 1996, and she was also the Junior Golf Leader in 1995 and 1996.
Since 2005 she has been part of the PGA President’s Council on Growing the Game, the Illinois Special Olympics Golf Sports Director, the Illinois Junior Golf Association Board of Directors, and the American Business Women’s Association.
Provost earned an associate of applied science at Oakland Community College and a bachelor of science in professional golf management/marketing at Ferris State University.
Assistant PGA Professional
Stacey Miller was named the assistant golf professional at the Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University in February. The former Illinois State women’s golfer returned to campus, after competing in the LPGA Future’s Tour with a full status.
Miller, who graduated from Illinois State in 2011 with a business management and organizational leadership degree, is level one in the Professional Golf Association PGM Program and is working towards her PGA certification.
Prior to her time on the LPGA Future’s Tour, one which she recorded an eighth-place finish, Miller was a standout student-athlete at Illinois State. In the classroom, the Bloomington, Ill., native was named the 2010 ISU Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Also in 2010, Miller was a Presidential Scholar and earned the Missouri Valley Conference Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award. From 2007-2010, she was a NCAA Academic All-American.
Like she did in the classroom, Miller had great success on the golf course during her Redbird career. She earned Valley Medalist honors with a three-round score of 225 in 2009 and was named to the MVC All-Conference Team from 2008 through 2010. For her efforts throughout the regular season, Miller was named the Valley Golfer of the Week on 10 different occasions. The No. 1 ranked player in the Missouri Valley Conference by Golf Stat also competed in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur event.
Travis Williams joined the Illinois State Athletics staff in April 2015, as the Weibring Golf Club Superintendent. Williams bring a wealth of knowledge to the position and 11 years’ experience.
Prior to Illinois State, Williams worked as the golf course superintendent at The Oaks Golf Course in Springfield, Illinois, for nine years. At the Oaks Golf Course, Williams worked to improve playing conditions on a yearly basis by implementing a combination of cultural practice programs. He also integrated newly developed plant health products that increased overall plant health, while staying within a fiscally responsible budget.
In addition, Williams cultivated a team-oriented atmosphere among the various departments to provide the best possible experience for the customers, as well as the employees. He also developed a long range plan for improvements to the golf course, which included additional tee boxes, yearly bunker renovations, multiple landscape improvement projects, and the addition of a Bentgrass nursery.
Williams also has two years’ experience as an assistant golf superintendent at two private clubs in the Chicago area to go along with ground maintenance and landscape experience.
Williams earned a degree in horticulture with a specialization in Turfgrass management from Illinois in 2004. He holds a Class A certification from the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America, is a member of the Central Illinois Golf Course Superintendent’s Association and the Midwest Association of Golf Course Superintendents, and is a licensed State of Illinois Applicator.
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent